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'''Carl Gustav Adolf von Harnack''' (7 May 1851 – 10 June 1930) was a German Lutheranism|Lutheran theology|theologian and prominent church historian. He produced many religious publications from 1873 to 1912 (in which he is sometimes credited as '''Adolf Harnack'''). Harnack traced the influence of Hellenistic philosophy on early Christian writing and called on Christians to question the authenticity of doctrines that arose in the early Christian church. He rejected the historicity of the Gospel of John in favor of the Synoptic Gospels, criticized the Apostles' Creed, and promoted the Social Gospel. In the 19th century, higher criticism flourished in Germany, establishing the historical-critical method as an academic standard for interpreting the Bible and understanding the historical Jesus . Harnack's work is part of a reaction to Tübingen, and represents a reappraisal of tradition. Besides his...
Other namesAdolf Harnack
Occupationtheology|theologian and church historian
Birth date{{Birth date|1851|5|7|df=y}}
Birth placeTartu, Governorate of Livonia
Death date{{Death date and age|1930|6|10|1851|5|7|df=y}}
Death placeHeidelberg, Weimar Republic|Germany
SpouseAmalie Thiersch (1858–1937)
ChildrenAnna (20 May 1881–1965)
Margarete (1882–1890|90)
Agnes (19 June 1884 – 22 May 1950)
Karl Theodosius (19 January 1886 – 14 April 1922)
Ernst von Harnack|Ernst (15 July 1888 – 5 March 1945)
Elisabet (1 January 1892 – 27 July 1976)
Axel (12 September 1895–1974)
ParentsTheodosius Harnack (3 January 1817 – 23 September 1889)
Marie Harnack, ''née'' Ewers (22 May 1828 – 23 November 1857)
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